Summary: Have you ever felt undermined, discouraged, shadowed? I have. For all of my life, I have been pushed deep under the surface, struggling to break free.
The worse part, the person who daily commits this crime is the person I call; Mother.
Smothered and suffocated by her darkness, still I search for light. Can I ever break free?
This story was written as a character study for the characterisation class on the MNFF beta boards.
I want to thank my amazing beta Becca aka ringobeatlesfan4, or for those who know her on the boards, twilightHPgirl18. Thank you, without your amazing talent this would never be :)
Also I want to thank my Prof's, Prof Nikki, Prof Haylee, your class has been amazing.
I really loved reading your backstory on Pansy. While reading the books we forget tht the other "bad" characters hv their own challenges in life. Your perception on pansy really explained her character well and molded with the descriptions in the books too. I can completely imagine her being confused about her identity because many pureblood children were almost brainwashed about the whole blood status thing. Great story...I can't wait to read more of ur wrk!
Author's Response: Thank you for the lovely review!! I am in complete agreement with you, we have a very limited perception of the bad characters, as they're not explored fully, say like Harry or Ron. So what they will do in situations is something that can't be predicted about them, which why I loved writing this because it allows you to really explore with the character. Lauren :)
Summary: Neville Longbottom has always tried to live up to expectations imposed on him by others, and sometimes he wonders what could have been...
Amazing one-shot. I absolutely love Neville as a character and this is truly the first fan-fiction I have seen that talks about him individually with such depth.
I never really thought about the implications of his parents being at St. Mungos. But you have connected that with his character development in canon so well! Hats off to you!
Author's Response: It's lovely to see that some of my older stories are still being read! I agree that Neville is a fantastic character, and I really appreciate that you think I've written him well and in depth. I think that Neville is quite similar to Harry, but in a way he has it harder. It's true that Harry suffered from neglect in a way that Neville never did, but Neville had a lot more expectations to live up to, and personally I think the situation with his parents is worse than Harry's. Because every time Neville goes to see them, his hopes rise that they might recover, and every time he actually gets there and sees that they haven't changed, it's like they die again. Thank you so much for reviewing and complimenting my story, it really means a lot. I do plan to write more about Neville eventually... but I have a lot of ideas for stories and little time to write them, so I'm not sure when that will happen... ~Katrina
Summary: A distraught Hermione takes quill to parchment.
I absolutely love this story! You have brought our Hermione`s character so well. My favorite part about it was the change in emotions from letter to letter.
Please write the epilogue! I can`t wait to read more!
Author's Response: I'm glad you noticed the changes in tone between letters. I really think she would have been "all over the road" emotionally during this time, and I wanted that to show. I am determined to crank out that second (and final) chapter by mid-June... so watch for it! And thanks for the review!
Summary: It was only three words. Three tiny words. It should have been the easiest thing in the world. Yet, it wasn’t. It was the hardest thing he had ever done in his life.
Thank you so much for this story. I am a hard core R/Hr shipper and this is one of my favorite stories. Ron is amazing; you have certainly done him justice! His reaction to Krum at the wedding was spot on. I can imagine his temper rising and his determination overpowering his insecurity when he said " Not this time, mate." you really captured the awkward relationship between Ron and Hermione as they are dancing especially when she tells him to stop gloating. I loce that part! They know each other so well and yet they can't express themselves to each other...especially when fred interrupts haha! That actually was a pretty realistic situation. You really caught onto Ron's humrtoo with the "biscuits" and the line "Deah ters ruin everything". The last scene at Grimmauld place really put the cherry on top. It was so Ron to just blurt something stupid without thinking evenwith Hermione encouraging him to say what hreally feels. I know that you don't ship them but you really portrayed their characters really well :) great job!
Summary: Hermione is working for the Department of Magical Law Enforcement on repealing old laws that favor purebloods, while Ron has recently left the Auror Office to join his brother at Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes. When Hermione decides to move to Australia to be with her parents, Ron is forced to confront the reasons behind her abrupt decision. Yet there is more going on than he realizes, and a simple proposal takes him to the other side of the world, where they will face one last test of their love. This story is now complete!
Amazing story and concept! The characterization is perfect especially when it comes to Ron. Loved Arthur especially...we get so little of him and his convo with Ron is spot on. Cannot wait for more!! =)
Author's Response: Thank you so much, I'm glad you enjoyed the beginning! Thank you for the review! ~Gina :)
Omg I literally jumped off my couch when I saw there an update on this story! I absolutely loved it so far...the characterization, the situation is so realistic it makes me beam! Love!
PS - Just one little quirk...I think you wrote Pig as a female but I believe Pig is a male. Sorry if I am wrong but otherwise great story!
Summary: Dumbledore's thoughts just before his death.
A Phoenix Cries has been nominated for the Best Poetry Quicksilver Quill award. Thanks so much for the nomination!
What a wonderful poem! You provided such a good voice to dumbledore...it fully represented his character and personality. I loved it!
Author's Response: I am so thrilled you liked it. Yes, this poem came out very nicely and felt very in character when I was writing it. Poetry comes very easily for me, which I am very thankful for. I sort of get into character, I guess the same way an actor does, and the poem seems to write itself for the most part. Sometimes, I have to struggle with the rhyming, but sometimes, as in this case, the poem simply flows like it is something I'm remembering instead of creating. Those always come out the best.